minor lines, 6/8/12

Friday highlights from the Giants' farm: Michael Kickham allowed just 1 ER in 6.0 IP, and Pablo Sandoval homered twice.

AAA: Fresno defeated Las Vegas 5-4

Fresno: CF Francisco Peguero: 2 for 3, BB, SO
Fresno: 3B Pablo Sandoval: 2 for 2, 2 HR, BB

Fresno: SP Brian Burres: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Fresno: RP Heath Hembree: 1.0 IP

Sandoval walked in his first plate appearance and then led off the 4th and 6th inning with solo HRs, scoring the Grizzlies' first two runs. Batting leadoff for perhaps the first time this year, Peguero reached base three times.

Burres had his second straight quality start after not having a quality start in his previous seven starts. Hembree pitched a perfect 9th inning.

AA: Richmond lost to Portland 4-1 (7+ innings)
(with the game ending early because of weather)

Richmond: CF Gary Brown: 1 for 3, BB, SO, CS
Richmond: 1B Russell Mitchell: 2 for 3, 2B, BB, CS

Richmond: SP Michael Kickham: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K--1 HR
Portland: SP Anthony Ranaudo: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Mitchell, the 27-year-old who began the year in the Dodgers organization, reached base three times in his second game in the Giants organization. Brown was one of four other Flying Squirrels to reach base twice.

Kickham had a second straight very strong start. He has allowed 1 R or less in four of his last six starts, but this year he has yet to string together three good starts (if defining a "good" start as 2 ER or less in 5.0+ IP). Ranaudo, whom the Red Sox drafted 39th overall two years ago, had allowed at least 3 ER in each of his previous four starts this year, so this was his most effective start of the year, at least in terms of runs allowed.

A+: San Jose lost to Stockton 6-0

San Jose: SS Joe Panik: 3 for 4, 2B

San Jose: SP Dan Runzler: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K--1 HR
San Jose: RP Justin Schumer: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K--1 PO

Panik had three of the Giants' four hits, including his 16th double. The rest of the lineup combined for 1 H, 2 BB and 15 SO.

Runzler allowed a two-run HR in his first rehab appearance. Picking up the game in the 2nd inning, Schumer effectively had a quality start.

A-: Augusta defeated Rome 16-4
(scoring thirteen runs over the 4th and 5th innings)

Augusta: 1B Ben Thomas: 4 for 6, 2B
Augusta: 3B Garrett Buechele: 3 for 4, BB, SO
Rome: 3B Chipper Jones: 1 for 1, 2 BB, E

Augusta: SP Kevin Couture: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Augusta: RP Adalberto Mejia: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K--1 HB

Thomas and Buechele combined for seven of the GreenJackets' seventeen hits, raising their respective AVGs to .257 and .270. The Braves' Jones reached base in all three plate appearances in his first rehab appearance.

Couture allowed just 2 ER after having allowed 10 ER over his previous two starts. He may not have been allowed to begin the bottom of the 5th inning on account of how long the top of the 5th inning took with the GreenJackets scoring eight runs. Mejia had his longest appearance of the year with 4.0 IP, although he did allow eight of twenty batters to reach base (.400 OBP).

DSL: Giants defeated NationNNals 6-1

Dominican: CF Nicoll Parra: 1 for 2, 2 BB, SB, CS
Dominican: SP Keury Mella: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K--1 HB

Batting leadoff, Parra (17.10 y.o.) continues to reach base. He has a .556 OBP through six games. Making his second pro appearance, Mella (18.10 y.o.) had a strong performance with 0 R and 6 K.

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